By: Elena Grace Flores
Bug bites from mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs and many more can be very itchy whereas Arachnids like ticks and spiders will cause somewhat painful insect bites. Poisonous spider bites must not be treated lightly and immediate intervention by a doctor is needed. Bullseye-shaped rash after bitten by a tick, fever, swelling or pus are showing that there’s an infection on the bite. Serious allergy symptoms such as shortness of breathing, fainting or extreme swelling are indications that going to the hospital without delay is needed. Other than those situations, bug bites can normally be treated at home without prescription.
Insect bites are usually a minor nuisance that heal without treatment in a few days. But they can cause extreme itching and discomfort. Scratching or rubbing the bite can cause more irritation and can lead to infection or delayed healing. Anti-itch creams and ointments like hydrocortisone (brand name Cortaid®), calamine (Caladryl®) and diphenydramine (Benadryl®) may help reduce itching and discomfort. Apply up to four times a day as needed. Oral antihistamines such as diphenydramine (Benadryl) can help control itching and swelling. Be aware, however, that antihistamines can cause significant drowsiness, so use caution when driving or operating machinery. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-bug-bites/qxc295202
According to drugstore.com: Protect yourself from bites by wearing long pants, tucked-in shirts, socks and a hat when possible. Avoid mosquitoes by staying indoors in the morning and evening during warm weather. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, apply an over-the-counter insect repellent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency both recommend that people apply insect repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) and Picaridin (KBR 3023), and when traveling in malaria-prone countries, treating clothing and bedding with permethrin (brand name Repel®). Never apply permethrin directly to skin. Use insect repellents only when outside and wash them off after coming back inside. Avoid getting these products in your eyes, nose, mouth or open wounds and always follow product instructions carefully.